PlanetSolar Completes Solar Powered Circumnavigation

Last Friday, after precisely 32,401 nm, the M/S Tûranor PlanetSolar arrived back into the Hercule Harbor in Monaco, thereby achieving the first around-the-world voyage with solar energy.

A large crowd turned out to welcome the 115-foot catamaran, which holds the record as the largest solar-powered boat ever built. The leader of the PlanetSolar expedition, Raphaël Domjan, told waiting reporters, “We are extremely happy to have achieved this first world tour with solar energy! We have shown that we have the technologies as well as the knowledge to become sustainable and safeguard our blue planet.”

In her journey around the globe, PlanetSolar visited 28 countries and traveled 585 days without using a drop of fuel. As well as the round-the-world record, she also holds records for the fastest crossing of the Altantic Ocean and South China Sea by solar power.

The main investor in the project, German Immo Stroeher, said, “The M/S Tûranor PlanetSolar is much more than a ship. It has become an ambassador of solar energy.

“The arrival in Monaco is only the start. We now have to take advantage of the fame of PlanetSolar in order to promote the use of solar energy.”

For the complete story, go to www.sail-world.com.

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